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GPs to staff ambulance services during NHS strike

CCG leaders have been asked to supply GPs to help staff the ambulance service during the NHS strike planned next week.

NHS England’s London area team has written to all CCGs and NHS trusts to ask for assistance during the 12-hour strike planned on Thursday 29 January and the 24-hour strike planned on Tuesday 24 February.

The letter says that final numbers and names of staff are required on Wednesday 21 January and CCGs have been asked to supply one GP each.

GPs will be required to attend three hours training in advance of the date of the strike action in central London.

The letter says: ‘Considering the scale of this industrial action, and its potential impact on the ability of London Ambulance Service to deliver ambulance services and maintain patient safety over an extended period of time, the NHS across London needs to collectively identify and mobilise support for them.

‘Due to the scale of the potential impacts this industrial action will have on the London health economy, I request you in accordance with our role under section 46 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to support us in coordinating the NHS emergency response for London. This requires that we take such action to ensure that London’s response is appropriate and coordinated.’

 

Readers' comments (31)

  • Have I had a stroke or is this correct ?

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  • Sorry, unless my colleagues have got emergency medicine experience it's a waste of time, generalists!

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  • Whaaaat?!

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  • I would not feel qualified to do the job of an ambulance man and I would be interested to know what MPS/MDU had to say about it.

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  • i understand that ghostbusters is going to be rebooted.

    who are you gonna call?

    General Practitioners !

    i ain't fraid of no OAP ...

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  • Looks like GPs are the new Germ cells ..... use them in any capacity. What next.... drive London buses ???

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  • I think as a proffession we should give them two fingers rampant on this.

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  • What other actions does the Board (proper name for 'NHS England') contemplate?
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2012/7/section/46
    Is an ambulance partial strike constitute "a relevant emergency"?
    " “relevant emergency”—
    (a) in relation to the Board or a clinical commissioning group, means any emergency which might affect the Board or the group (whether by increasing the need for the services that it may arrange or in any other way);
    (b) in relation to a relevant service provider, means any emergency which might affect the provider (whether by increasing the need for the services that it may provide or in any other way);"

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  • should have said, who defines an emergency - relevant or not?
    I had thought planning for emergencies related to natural disasters (such as the floods last winter), and civilian and terrorist emergencies (Kings Cross & Canary Warf): not to planned industrial action.
    Obviously I was mistaken.

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  • I have heard it all now! How will this be possible? Who will drive the ambulances? With the greatest respect to my GP colleagues, when was the last time that they were expected to manage an emergency? Pre hospital medicine is a unique animal and offers many challenges even for those who have spent years training and working in this environment. This seems another ill thought out knee jerk reaction to manage industrial action and will be unfair on patients, the GPs who are lured into taking part and also demeans the industrial action itsself.

    David phillips - specialist paramedic in urgent and emergency care.

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